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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

  • Hundreds March in Jena, Louisiana in Support of the Jena Six

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    A movement is growing in support of the Jena Six — the black Louisana high school students charged with attempted murder for a school fight in which a white student was beaten up. The fight broke out after white students hung three nooses from a tree where the black students had sat. School board officials cut down the tree last week. Hundreds of people from all over the country gathered Tuesday for a march through Jena’s streets. Independent reporter Jordan Flaherty reports. [includes rush transcript]

  • The Bottled Water Lie: As Soft Drink Giant Admits Product is Tap Water, New Scrutiny Falls on the Economic and Environmental Costs of a Billion-Dollar Industry

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    The soft drink giant Pepsi has been forced to make an embarrassing admission: Its best-selling Aquafina bottled water is nothing more than tap water. Pepsi has agreed to change its label under pressure from the advocacy group Corporate Accountability International (CAI) which has been leading an increasingly successful campaign against bottled water. We look at the economic and environmental costs of the bottled water industry with CAI’s Gigi Kellett and freelance journalist Michael Blanding. [includes rush transcript]

  • Salvadorans Face Terror Charges for Opposing Water Privatization

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    A protest against water privatization in El Salvador last month resulted in 13 demonstrators charged with committing acts of terrorism. If found guilty, they could face up to 60 years of prison time under laws modeled on the USA PATRIOT Act. [includes rush transcript]

  • Stockton, California City Council Reverses Water Privatization It Passed over Widespread Local Opposition

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    We end with a major victory for the opponents of water privatization. In 2003, the City Council of Stockton, California, ignored overwhelming public opposition to approve a $600 million, 20-year water privatization agreement. The deal gave a multinational consortium full control over the city’s water, sewage and stormwater systems. But two weeks ago, the council reversed the position and voted unanimously to resume control of its water utilities. We speak with Alan Snitow, co-director of an award-winning PBS documentary on water privatization and co-author of "Thirst: Fighting the Corporate Theft of our Water." [includes rush transcript]